Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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Meerschaum Cigar Holder 89-3301
This old meerschaum and amber (at least I think it's amber)
takes about a cheroot size and it still works, but I must say, I
think of it more as a collector's piece than as a working
holder.  It's about 4 1/4" long, and the opening 15/32 or an inch
or just shy of 1/2".  On the other side of the stem, near the
button is a dark, rough spot.  $15.
H.S. Studio #419138
Although there are red undertones to this pipe, it looks a tad
darker and blacker in person.  It's close, though.  The draw is
wide open and a cleaner goes smoothly through to the bowl.  
The forward cant is typically associated with a Cutty, but I would
call this bowl a canted Egg.  The overall size is certainly a Grp.
4, but the chamber is small and narrow, but it is deep.  New.
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $125.
Sealed Tins
The Balkan 759 Tins are sold out.  We also have2 tins of the
Balkan Sobranie Virginia #10, from the late 70's or early 80's
@$250 per tin.  
Tsuge Ikebana F #424-1226 (SOLD)
If the one side of the bowl didn't have mediocre grain, this would
be a spectacular straight grain.  It is certainly a pleasure to look
at as is.  The bowl is a Grp. 6 in size, and depsite the thick
bowl walls, I can fit my thumb into the chamber.  The stem does
have a metal tenon for stability, which does not impede the
wide-open draw.  The flat, comfortable stem is vulcanite and
the light stain indicates that the briar is essentially flawless. New
7" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $465.
H.S. Studio #419142
A carved finish with no stain in a Group 3 size. The air hole is
right at the bottom of the chamber and a pipe cleaner goes
right through.  The draw is open.  The one flaw is that despite
4.75" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $125
IMP Meerschaum #424238
Large, about a large Grp. 6 size.  The high quality stone is
complemented by an open draw, which is a hallmark of the IMP
meerschaums because the construction includes a standard
push-pull stem and not the typical Turkish approach, which
ends up being an impediment comfortable puffing.  New.
6" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $285.
Gitane Ashtray #615285SW
We have one of these and as I believe the Gitane cigarette no
longer exists, these are worth offering and fun to have.  In fact, I
bring a plastic Gitane ashtray to our weekly Pipe & Pint
sessions as the pub no longer provides them as it is supposed
to be entirely no-smoking.  Fortunately, it's such a dive (but
with good craft beers) that is has remained below the radar of
the local gendarmes. The diameter of just over 4" is not
particularly good for pipes, but it is attractive & should add a je
ne sais quoi to that Arkansas Rustic style of your home. $5
H.S. Studio #419145
A solid display of straight grain, no fills and an open draw typify
this 1/4 bent briar.  It's a group 5 in size with a flat, comfortable
stem.  There is a double trim, which looks like Boxwood and
perhaps a white acrylic, but also quite possibly a bone.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $125
H.S. Studio #419128
Here is the start of something completely different...briar pipes
made by hand in China.  We were afforded the opportunity to
look at some of the work H.S. Studios is doing, and were very
impressed at what they are turning out considering the value.
This pipe is not large, maybe a Group 4 in terms of the
chamber capacity.  The draw is open, and with just a twist at
the end of the cleaner, it goes right through.  The stem is flat
and comfortable, is vulcanite and appears to be hand cut. The
photo picked up the red in the plateau top, but in actuality, the
rim is only reddish toned, and definitely not a bright red. New.
5.4" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $125
IMP Meerschaum #1112248
What the reason for the 2nd, churchwarden-like stem is I have
no idea, but happily, you get a fine, open draw from either of the
stems, providing further testimony to the value of good con-
struction on meerschaums.  That, along with fine quality
meerschaum, is the hallmark of the IMP brand.  New.
5.95" long, bowl 2.1" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 46 grams. $255.
St. Gervais #117160AG
St. Gervais was a 2nd Century Martyr (although I'm not sure
what he died for, except that Rome, at the time, was not as big a
booster of Catholicism as it is now) & is the patron saint of Milan.
That ain't bad.  This is a very well carved briar, and the grain is
good, too.  The bottom is an interesting Bird's Eye.  Other than
the chip out of his cloak, the cond. is exc.  The draw is open.
For a collector of carved briars, this is a worthwhile piece. Used.
6.25" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 61 grams. $75.
IMP Meerschaum #92008
As I was fooling around with a different camera and had not
managed to establish how to properly illuminate the pipes, I
thought I would experiment with the black background of a pipe
case to create a contrast.  The result?  As you can see, could
be better, could be worse.  I hope you get enough of an idea of
this pipe's shape.  Constructive criticism is not solicited.   This
is large enough to have a chamber that easily takes my thumb.
The quality of the steon is clearly excellent and as with all IMP
meerschaums, the construction is a la briar, so the draw is
open.  Yes, it comes in a custom case, which I forgot to shoot.
6.25" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 103 grams. $315.
Sealed Tins  (Three Nuns tins are sold)
2 Tins of Three Nuns remains.  These are $100 each.  The
Abingdon, as well as Piccadilly, Charing Cross, Stratford &
Blackpoint are all from 2003 and all $40 each.  Also available
are Mephisto, Friedman & Pease Fez, Tribute.  Except for the
Tribute, which Pease put out in 2001, the others are from 2003
and all cost $75 per tin.  Ask if I've confused you.
Pierre Morel #111284 (SOLD 7/15/18)
"Pierre Morel is among the most skilled pipe makers of France."
That was the statement I saw on a French pipe site when trying
to get a handle on Morel's pipes and prices.  Well, among the
most skilled pipe makers in France isn't much of a bar, is it?
Besides Morel (who does make some nice pipe) I know of only
one other artisan French pipe maker.  Why is that?  It's not as if
the French aren't artistic and creative because they certainly
are.  Are they so in love with Italy that they want to cede craft
pipe making to them?  I don't think so.  Come on you French
craftsmen...get on this 7 let's see what you can do.  This pipe is
a Grp. 5 in exc. cond. with a wide-open draw & vulcanite stem.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. Used. $50
Tsuge Ikebana D #218120PN
When Tsuge made its entree to the U.S. market, the spectacu-
lar nature of their shapes and detail quality of the workmanship
won over a lot of people.  None of that abated; what did happen
is their failure to understand , or their lack of interest in under-
standing this market has mostly kept their pipes from would-be
buyers.  For the most part, they have employed cigar compan-
ies to distribute their pipes, like Felipe Gregorio, or Drew
Estates, the latest.  Now that Swisher Sweets has purchased
Drew Estates (Acid cigars), how can Tsuge benefit?  Well, here
one of their fine, hand made pieces in exc. cond.  Grp. 4. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $285.
Disposable Pipe Lighter #822328..Low, Low Price.
just 2,500,000 of these, I'll be a millionaire.  Nothing like having
a goal in life.  Anyhow, there might be something in it for you.
These are your typical dispensable, non-refillable butane
lighters, with the added benefit of having an adjustable valve
that can be put at a 90 degree angle so as to provide a flame
fit for a pipe.  The maker tells me that the 45 degree angle is
best for lighting a cigar.  I would rather sell these, one or more,
along with a pipe purchase, as the cost of postage and a pad-
ded envelope would be about doubling the price.  I have been
using one since the pipe trade show in mid-July and it I like it.
It certainly takes the stress out of traveling with your Old Boy. $1
IMP Meerschaum #920014
More pics will follow.  This is very handsomely shaped...just
gentle curves on this Grp. 5.  A cleaner goes go through the
pipe and the draw is open.  The stone is clean and of high
quality, as are all IMP meerschaums.  comes in fitted case. New.
5.7" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $175.
Davidoff # 62340 (SOLD 7/9/18)
Hard to know on which page to post this pipe...from a Swiss co.,
but made in Italy.  It is a Grp. 5 size, with an open draw & an
acrylic stem.  The grain is quite good.  There is a lightly sand-
blasted area on the shank near the stem.  Used.
5.3" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 50 grams. $85.
Calabash #1214274
Quite large, and for specifics on that score, I ask you to look at
the stats at the end of this description.  The condition is very
good...no bite marks on the stem, a clean cup on the bottom.  It
does have one serious problem which I hope to be able to cor-
rect, and that is an uncharacteristically tight draw.  The problem
is with a small air channel in the stem and not with any
constriction in the gourd, so there's a good chance I can open
the airway and make this a fine smoking pipe.  Used.
Approx. 7.5" across from bowl to stem end. Weight: 3.5 oz. $95.
MarTelo #42488
Grp 4 size with the kind of blast reminiscent of Dunhill Princes
in the early 1960s.  The draw is wide-open and the ebonite
stem is wonderfully comfortable, again, like those of old
Dunhills,The shank trim is horn. New.
5.75" long, bowl 1.2" tall.  Weight: 1 oz., 27 grams. $460.  
Old Bakkelite Cigar Holder #623-153
At least I think it's Bakkelite.  What else could it be?  It holds
a 35 ring gauge cigar (or an extra big doobie, if you're so
inclined.  These days, you're probably more acceptable to
society as a marijuana smoker than as a cigar smoker).  Is
that the size of a Panatela or a Lonsdale?  I used to know all
that when I had the store, but I've thankfully forgotten.  Well,
you know what you smoke.  2.55" long.  $10.
IMP Meerschaum #424241
Handsomely carved, but you can see that.  It's about a Grp. 5
size, with the open draw that makes these meerchaums the
best in the market place.  New.
6.5" long. Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $240.
MarTelo #42471 (SOLD)
Whatever "it" is, this pipe has it.  I'll try to analyze it a little, but
I'm sure I'll fall short, but here goes: The shape of the curve is
reminiscent of those early 20th century English greats, like
Ben Wades from Leeds.  The button on the top quality hand-
cut ebonite stem is also a wonderful throwback.  Very close to
the 'tween the wars' buttons that the legendary Tom Colwell so
loved.  (He co-authored an important pipe recognition book.)
The quality & depth of the blast you can see for yourself.  I'm
sorry I only have one of these to offer to you.  Grp. 3 size. New.
4.8" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $460.
Senatorov #117310CO
Comfortable to hold in both the hand and the mouth, the stem
is flat and the draw is wide-open.  The cross-grain is positioned
at the front and back of the bowl and across the shank, nearly
perfectly.  Ebonite stem.  Grp. 4 size.  New.
5.15" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 43 grams. $285.
Tsuge Ikebana E #424-062BK (RESERVED)
A freehand in the mold of the best of the old Danish versions.  A
Grp. 6 size, with an open draw and great drilling of the air hole
on the bottom of the chamber.  A cleaner passes right through
to the chamber. The light stain reveals the 360 degree flame
grain and is handsomely complemented by the tan of the
bamboo shank.  Very easy on the eyes is this pipe.  Unsmoked.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $325
Tsuge CD #424-146 BK
Handsome, large (Grp. 6) and well constructed with the air hole
through, of course.  With this quality of straight grain, I am
surprised that it isn't graded higher.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $285.
Alpha Caprice #62384
It can happen...I forgot to photograph the top of the bowl and rim.
You can see a little of the rim on the top left photo.  The cond. of
the rim and chamber is close to "near-new."  The rim is crisp &
clean.  The blast is deep, as we like it.  Not only is the draw open,
but despite the deep bend, a cleaner goes right through. Used.
5.15" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $35.
Artist Signed Sherlock Holmes Meerschaum #21850RS
The signature states that the carver's name is Erdogan.  Well,
that is the same name as the President of Turkey.  Most likely,
no relation.  Still, a signed piece is better than anonymous.
The pipe is in very good cond. is a better quality Holmes carving
than other renditions I've seen, and I've seen plenty.  Probabyl
qualifies as a Grp. 5 in size, or maybe even a 6.  The draw is
OK...not great, and there is an indentation on the stem bottom.
If there was a case originally, and I suspect there was, there is
not one now.  The stem is not black, BTW, but a dark, nearly
opaque maroon.  Thus, it must be a plastic and not vulcanite.
5.9" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89 grams. Used. $45
Cherapanov #117314CO (Reserved)
The pipe is short (stocky?  stubby?) but the bowl & chamber
qualify it for Grp. 5 size.  The stem is flat and the draw is open &
the light stained briar shows straight grain all around, with no
flaws visible.  Clearly, a superior piece of briar.  Barely used.
4.5" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams.  $175.
Carved French Briar #227184AG
Sure, it's French (from St. Claude, in fact) but it's a well done,
detailed carving as opposed to most of the clumsy, half-hearted
pieces we see.  It's Grp 5 size, the condition is exc., & the draw
is wide-open, suggesting that besides looking interesting, this
will be a good smoke.  The stem is vulcanite.  Used.
6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $75.
Old Cigar Holders #89122 &127 (Kaywoodie is sold)
The Kaywoodie holder does have some wavy tooth marks on
the top & bottom of the stem, but the photos make them look
more prominent than they are.  There is the typical Kaywoodie
stinger, with threads, protruding from the stem.  The holder
takes a ring gauge of 38.  It's 2.65" long. $10
The red bakkelite holder takes a 32 ring gauge cigar and is
2.45" long.  Each holder is $10.
Bakkelite Cigar Holder #89139
this is a deeper red and more translucent than the cigar holder
in the photo above.  It's longer, too.  The ring gauge is 36 and
the length of the entire holder is 3.5."  Again, $10. (OBO).
Senatarov #1214107CO
Grp. 3 in size, with an open draw and construction that allows
the pipe to easily take a cleaner to the chamber bottom.  Bad
memory makes me forget the name of the exotic wood trim at
the end of the shank, but I think it's called Wild Palm, according
to a good correspondent from Australia. New.
4.5" long, bowl 1.4" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 41 grams. $195.
Senatorov #117300CO
Grp. 3 size, or small 4, with a deep, ring grain blast all around
the bowl.  Open draw and well enough constructed so that a
cleaner easily passes to the chamber bottom.  Flat vulcanite
stem is proper and comfortable.  New.
4.6" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $245.
Senatorov #117330CO
With its wide-open draw and a shank that looks nearly as
capacious as the bowl, this pipe has more than a hint of reverse
calabash about it.  The blast is certainly appealing, and looking
at a number of the Russian pipe makers on this site, all of the
blasts have that depth and character we Americans like to see.
The bowl flares out to be quite wide, but in sum, I'll call this a
Grp. 4 in size.  The ebonite stem is very flat and comfortable.
It makes for a comfortable 'clencher.'  New.
4.95" long, bowl 1.7" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 49 grams. $335..
Gourd Calabash #11795AG  
The condition here is not far from unsmoked, as you can see by
the still untinted meerschaum cup bottom, the part that inserts
into the gourd.  The draw is open.  This is a tall, fairly large
Calabash, with a briar trim shank extension.  Used.
5.5" long. Bowl about 2.7" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 83 grms. $115
Senatorov#117305CO
With such a unique shape, and shallow chamber, it's hard to
say if this is a Grp. 3 or 4 in size.  All-in-all, probably a 4.  The
draw is open, & indeed, with a little crimp of the cleaner tip, it
goes all the way through.  Flat, comfortable stem.  Ebonite. New
4.7" long, bowl 1.3" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams. $225.